(American, b. 1995)
Framed: 163.8 x 205.7 x 6.3 cm (64 1/2 x 81 x 2 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2021.178
Edition: Edition AP1 of 3, with 2 APs
Matt Eich and Tyler Mitchell: Sunlight, Shadow, and A Rainbow
In 2018 at age twenty-three, Tyler Mitchell was the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue in the magazine’s 126-year history.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Tyler Mitchell in this staged scene transforms the Georgia landscape, a place of historical trauma for Black people, into an Eden that offers them instead leisure, refuge, and rootedness. Mitchell imbued the image with a soft focus and misty golden glow that evoke the languor of a humid summer day in Georgia and the haziness of an imagined memory.
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